Some people are natural artists. They have creative minds and a desire to make something beautiful to enrich the world around us.
Others are analytical thinkers. They love math, science and all the numbers and careful planning that go into those fields.
We all have different interests, skills and aptitudes. These differences make us all unique individuals. And a community full of unique individuals is a healthy one, with every person fulfilling a specialized and important task that keeps the wheels of society turning.
This principle is especially true in the construction industry.
There is a wide selection of craft professions to choose from. Architect, boilermaker, electrician, instrumentation technician, mason, millwright, project manager, rigger, welder — these are just a small snapshot of the possibilities with national average salaries over $50,000/year.
With so many unique paths, there are opportunities for everyone in construction.
We each have a role to fulfill to help our community grow. In fact, even a road, house or commercial building cannot be built with only one type of craft professional.
You need architects to design a building. You need concrete finishers, ironworkers, masons and heavy equipment operators to set the foundation and build the infrastructure. You need carpenters, electricians and plumbers to make the building habitable.
And this is far from a complete list of all the different types of construction specialties that are involved in a single project!
A single construction project requires many different people with many different skills. With so many opportunities for specialization in construction, individuals can find a career path that utilizes their interests in ways they may not have considered.
People with a background in physics, math and engineering can easily apply their skills in construction. Survey engineers measure and help plan site layouts, while civil engineers help oversee many aspects of a construction project. Riggers, safety technicians and many other craftspeople require a knowledge of numbers.
Somebody with an artistic side would find many creative outlets in construction. Architects design gorgeous and iconic structures, while painters, glaziers, sheet metal workers and carpenters are involved in decorating and furnishing those buildings. Take theming for instance — giving something a particular ambience — somebody who loves art may take an interest in creating the textures and shadows through paint that add a touch of magic to theme parks.
Tech gurus can become instrumentation technicians, responsible for using, installing and programming the latest and greatest electronics and technology. They might even be able to tinker around and develop a great new tool to make projects safer and more efficient.
If someone loved playing with toy trucks as a kid, they can train to operate the real-life versions of those epic vehicles as a heavy equipment operator.
No matter what someone’s interests or aptitudes are, there’s a career in construction that can be mapped out for them!
To learn more about some of the unique craft professional careers, check out the BYF construction career pages.